Growing Healthy Churches with NCD

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Under the leadership of Carol Blair, the diocese launched a three-year Natural Church Development (NCD) Initiative in 2012. NCD is one tool offered to churches to encourage, enable and equip people for ministry. For many years a number of churches in the diocese have used NCD to better understand and develop their congregations. Thirteen parishes were invited to take part in the diocesan pilot project. Parish participation in the project includes the leadership and direction of an NCD coach to assist with the process; it also includes other resources and financial support as required.

Developed by Christian Schwartz in the early 1990’s, NCD is aimed at growing healthy, vibrant churches. Churches participating in NCD complete an annual survey to identify their strengths and areas for growth. Schwartz identified eight characteristics that are essential to healthy and growing churches:

  1. Empowering Leadership
  2. Gift-Oriented Ministry
  3. Passionate Spirituality
  4. Effective Structures
  5. Inspiring Worship Service
  6. Holistic Small Groups
  7. Need-Oriented Evangelism
  8. Loving Relationships

NCD is a long-term process of continuous growth that emphasizes quality of growth over quantity of growth.

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